Brussels is considering the possibility of holding a meeting between European Parliament members and Russian legislators « on neutral territory. »
And this territory may be Serbia, according to a report in Russia’s Izvestia newspaper, cited by TASS.
The initiative came from Jiri Mastalka, deputy chairman of the EP Committee on Relations with Russia, the daily said.
« The European Union and Russia need to shift to talking about key issues, we can’t just tackle low-priority ones. For example, the change of experience can contribute a great deal to the global war on terror, » Mastalka told Izvestia, and added:
« Citizens of European countries also expect Brussels and Moscow to enhance cooperation. »
Since Russian deputies cannot come to Brussels due to the European sanctions the proposal is to organize a joint meeting of MPs on neutral ground, for example in Serbia, he said.
According to the report, the response of Russian lawmakers was « quite positive. »
Duma International Affairs Committee Chairman Leonid Slutsky welcomed the initiative, saying that Moscow backs continued work of the committee for parliamentary cooperation between Russia and EU.
« Let’s see who is ready to participate in the EU’s delegation. Theoretically, we can make a positive decision, » he said, adding that « there are no intentions to cut off contacts that were suspended under the initiative of Brussels. »
State Duma Committee for Foreign Affairs Deputy Chairman Alexei Chepa said the meeting should focus on issues such as « terrorism, economic and migration problems. »